In Some Cases, Government is All Relative

Bidness as Usual

This is one in a series of occasional stories about ethics and transparency in the part-time Texas Legislature.

John Pitts has a provision in his lobby contracts that tells his clients they are hiring him to lobby everyone at the Texas Capitol — except for the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

That’s his twin brother, Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie.

“When I have a wet umbrella in my hand at the Capitol, I don’t leave it in his office,” the lobbyist said. In his estimation, the appearance of a conflict wouldn’t do either one of them any good.

“I do ...

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